Steelflower

Steelflower Picking the wrong pocket can get a girl in trouble First of the Steelflower ChroniclesThief assassin sellsword Kaia Steelflower is famous Well mostly famous and mostly for the wrong reasons She s

  • Title: Steelflower
  • Author: Lilith Saintcrow
  • ISBN: 9781599984384
  • Page: 356
  • Format: ebook
  • Picking the wrong pocket can get a girl in trouble First of the Steelflower ChroniclesThief, assassin, sellsword Kaia Steelflower is famous Well, mostly famous, and mostly for the wrong reasons She s made a good life for herself, despite being kicked out of her homeland for having no magic She s saving up for her retirement, when she can settle down, run an inn, and leaPicking the wrong pocket can get a girl in trouble First of the Steelflower ChroniclesThief, assassin, sellsword Kaia Steelflower is famous Well, mostly famous, and mostly for the wrong reasons She s made a good life for herself, despite being kicked out of her homeland for having no magic She s saving up for her retirement, when she can settle down, run an inn, and leave the excitement for others.Then she picks the wrong pocket, wakes up with a hangover, and gets far than she bargained for Now she has a huge, furry barbarian to look after, a princeling from her homeland to fend off, and an old debt to fulfill And for some reason, the God Emperor s assassins want to kill her.It s never easy being an elvish sellsword, and this time it just might be fatal

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    About " Lilith Saintcrow "

  • Lilith Saintcrow

    Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old She lives in Vancouver, Washington, in a house full of stray cats and children.

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  • First in the fantasy Steelflower Chronicles…and most likely the last.My TakeKaia, a shunned elf who believes she never manifested any of her expected elfin powers, left home to seek her fortune as a mercenary. We first encounter a hungover Kaia doing battle while still half asleep only to find she's fighting on behalf of the man whose pocket she picked the night before.In general, I really like Saintcrow as an author and the idea of this story is intriguing. But, must Kaia whine so much??I got [...]


  • Updated upon rereading. i had to add a star. i liked this novel even better the second time around.This was fun. No excess world building, with a witty, fun dialogue. The author expects u to be able to piece together the terminology and story line for yourself with the tidbits of what is given. I LOVE that! If u need to be spoon feed every tiny piece of history and terminology and love endless descriptions of everything- this book is not for u! If u like to figure the stuff the narrator knows, b [...]


  • I really liked this. It reminded me of the older style sword and sorcery books. Kinda like Jennifer Roberson's "Sword Dancing" but not quite as in depth. In this day and age to find a new author who writes an entertaining tale such as this that does not involve heaving bosoms or rampant masculinity is a treat. I look forward to more.


  • i love lilith saintcrow's style - she gives a kind of well-hidden fragility to her protagonists that makes them likable, real and gives them good depth. in this case, kaia was shunned because she thought she lacked powers (which, well. yes.) i cannot stop delighting myself with the strong bonds that miss saintcrow forms between the boy and the girl in her books. it's endearing. i liked the band of people she collected, and how firmly she embraced her honor and her debt. the story, the gods, and [...]


  • This author is very hit or miss for me. Two of her series I really like, two others I couldn't finish the first book. Sad to say that this book fell into the later category for me. I made it about 20 pages in when I gave it up. There was something about the language that just bugged me, the shorted drawl, that you aren't sure what the characters are saying. This one just wasn't for me.



  • I picked this up on a whim, knowing that Lilith Saintcrow was one of those authors that could be hit-or-miss about me. Uusually she's in the group of fantastic worldbuilding but the characters tend to make me want to slap them sometimes. I also occasionally have problems wiht her romance. I have a weakness for sword and sorcery that is compounded by my insistence on interesting and varied female characters. (What can I say? For all it's flaws, I cut my teeth on Mercedes Lackey's Vows and Honor d [...]


  • *NOTE: Speed read only.So where to start this review? The book is called "Steelflower," but the ballads mentioned in the book itself call the main character "Iron Flower." And that's pretty much how the rest of it goes.Why would a society that reveres all females throw out one who has serious issues after her mother dies?Why would a main character immediately start killing guards in the opening scene when they aren't even there for her and she's supposedly a thief and assassin (e.g someone who w [...]


  • Oh how I love a sword and sorcery tale! Love Lilith Saintcrow's writing, all her worlds are very well drawn and her writing style is very distinctive (makes me think of Simon R. Green).Kaia Steelflower is a mercenary who insists on working alone. However, she soons finds herself unwillingly collecting travelling companions and possibly embroiled in two separate issues of 'succession', both of which may get her killed.***A word of warning though, this is supposed to be the first book in a series [...]


  • I changed this from "currently reading" to "read" because I have read as much of as I possibly can. The main character is insufferable and the action is slow. There is a lot of fantasy culture references with no explanation so I spent a lot of time reading and hoping that maybe the story would make sense later on. Maybe it does but there is nothing compelling enough to make me care.


  • Fantasy with samurai elves and extraneous apostrophes, entertaining but not actually good. It's copyright 2008, but feels like an early novel; maybe a trunk novel?



  • This book is a: "Read it at your own risk" book.You might hate it or you might love it. I don't really think that there are going to be many who are in-between that.I found it great, even though I admit that the first few chapters was "hard" to get through.While the book doesn't end with a true cliffhanger, it sure is a "to be continued" ending.



  • I primarily read this because I really needed a break from UF titles and it felt like an age since I'd last read a proper fantasy novel. I have to say it was a great relief to get a change of pace and fall in to a story I really enjoyed. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I'm rather sad to discover that the author has yet to get around to continuing the series.If there was one thing that really annoyed me, it was the heroine's constant denial of basic facts backed up with undeniable proof. I unde [...]


  • 3.5 (a little spoilerish)This is one of those times I really wish for half stars or a scale of more than 5. The book isn't really worth a 4 star, IMO, but its better than some books I'm given 3 stars to.I both really enjoyed and found myself quite frustrated with this book. I liked Kaia. I liked the Barbarian. I adored D'ri. I liked the world and the writing. BUT the book never really goes anywhere. They wander around and do this and then that and then something else, but there is no intent in i [...]


  • I'd resisted buying this book on principle because of the stupid larger-than-paperback size of the print edition, but eventually caved in. I'm glad I did. I hugely enjoyed this action fantasy. Another very strong and capable female lead with a good depth of character. The prickly and unsociable Kaia, outcast from her people and surviving by honing her fighting skills, starts to acquire a small troupe of friends, one of whom challenges one of her most deeply painful beliefs. There's plenty of act [...]


  • Okay, I have downright mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I like the concept, and the author endears herself to me by including non-Anglo-Saxon fantasy worldbuilding and really strong fight scenes. However, with all of that said, I have a few major bones to pick.Bone number one: for f's sake, Kaia has the worst denial of any fantasy heroine ever, and that is really saying something. I think the first two-thirds of this book consisted of "oh, woe is me, no one wanted me and I have no mag [...]


  • Basically the only thing that pissed me off about this book is the fact that it has no sequel.Wow.If your looking for a fantasy about a strong, independent woman, who's unwilling to love but still longs for it then you have found it.I loved, loved, loved it.The world-building was AWESOME. The concept of 'twins' was great; though I would have liked a bit more clarification about some technical details like the silence, and what exactly is happening to Kaia's magic.The hero is one studdly mofo. yu [...]


  • I liked certain aspects of this book; the story of a woman finding her own way, the little band of travelers, the new take on elves and their magic. Other aspects were frustrating at best; Kaia is whiny, rude, and stubborn in a stupid way. (Refuses healing, won’t listen to others, wont see what’s right in front of her). Darik is supposedly driven by the magic of his people but he comes across as a bully who will browbeat her until he gets his way. And the author spends too much time repeatin [...]


  • 4,5 Sterne"Steelflower" war so ganz anders als erwartet! Wo ich eigentlich Urban Fantasy erwartet habe, bekam ich einen sehr gut ausgearbeiteten High Fantasy-Roman, der mich total umgehauen hat, obwohl ich durchaus meine kleinen Problemchen damit hatte. So geflasht wie ich war, kann ich dem Buch trotz seiner Schwächen nichts geringeres als 4,5 Sterne geben!WorldbuildingKaia lebt in einer Welt, in der zahlreiche Länder mit ganz verschiedenen Staats- und Gesellschaftsordnungen nebeneinander exis [...]


  • 3.5/5 starsKaia is one of the G'mai, called "elves" by those ignorant of their culture. The G'mai are worshippers of the moon and daughters have power and are held as particularly prized. The have destined mates that protect these precious daughters so that they can wield said power. In Kaia's case she has no mate and her people treated her with silence and avoidance because of her supposed lack of power. Now Kaia works as a sellsword and thief. The kingdom she's currently in is fighting a const [...]


  • I usually shy from full-on fantasy stuff that is full on alternate reality and very far from our own reality which leaves me grasping for the first 50 or so pages to get a feel for WHAT it is that I'm SUPPOSED to be comprehending (feeling a lot like when I was in 6th grade at a G&T private school that thought we'd all fully comprehend every nuance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar). That being saidI did struggle for the standard handful of (digital) pages, but Saintcrow does such a great job wi [...]


  • It saddens me to give this book only 2 stars. I really like Lilith Saintcrow books. I think she is a great writer. She's not only imaginative and great at world and character building, but she also knows how to write elegantly. I appreciate all those things about her, but this book was not up to her standard. I think that perhaps it just wasn't quite ready to be written--not quite thought out. It started off great but quickly devolved into the same couple of sentiments. Basically, the first 200 [...]


  • Steelflower is a sword and sorcery novel of the kind that reminds me of a certain “shared universe” series that came out in the early eighties. (Specifically, it reminds me of Thieves World by Robert Lynn Asprin.) It also has the flavor of a book that written based off of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. (The story begins in a tavern, for one thing. Because this is the most frequent way adventuring parties meet in table top gaming, you know.) Our Heroine is a young woman named Kaia. She is a [...]


  • SynopsisWhat do you do with yourself when you are the only elf without magic? Run away from home and become a famous sell sword of course! While Kaia has excelled at her chosen profession, one drunken theft and her suddenly her past begins chasing her down. As her dreams of a quite life running an inn get farther away, she must decide to face her past, or die avoiding it.ReviewI loved it, I didn't want it to end!Reading this novel was like venturing into a deep and wonderful world of possibiliti [...]


  • Although I really enjoyed the storyline in this book by Lilith Saintcrow, I only gave it 3 stars because it was not as well written as her other books that I've read so far. At times the storyline seems to "stutter", either by repeating itself, or by seeming disjointed between paragraphs, as if they were written at different times. Like another reviewer, I wonder if this was a trunk novel.However, I really enjoyed the storyline. The story is a fantasy that takes place in medievil times. The hero [...]


  • I read the Dante Valentine urban fantasy series by this author and loved it. This series is a traditional fantasy with a female warrior-for-hire as the protagonist. She's an elf, but an outcast because she lacks magic, then an elf man with a magical seeking necklace finds her and claims to be her twin - her other half - her mate. She thinks she's flawed and doesn't want to accept him. She goes about collecting people that she feels responsible for and eventually goes to pay a debt by serving in [...]


  • I HATE this kind of book. You open it and expect it to be a contemporary book. You are thrown into a strange world full of new characters. There are tons of words you don't know (because they are made up) and you can't pronounce. You can't even say the name of the protagonistah, I hate these. And then I fell in loveabout 4 pages in. LOVED this book. Can't wait to read more of them. Love the world. Love the main character--strong woman with a soft spot for all things lost. Thanks Lilith. I may ha [...]


  • This a traditional fantasy novel, set in another world, with different races, and so different languages. It is incredibly focused on the linguistics, particularly the G'mai language, often explaining the difference in what is said and how it has been said and how that affects the meaning. It was quite fascinating to think about the language in that way. The only complaint I have is you are sort of thrown into this new world and language, and at first I was a little overwhelmed, but I eventually [...]


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